Berlin, 18 March 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Mikaela Shiffrin at least partly made up for her Olympic trauma on Thursday when she clinched a fourth World Cup title by finishing second in a super-g in France behind Ragnhild Mowinckel.
The American star moved 236 points ahead of defending champion Petra Vlhova of Slovakia who after coming 17th in Courchevel can no longer catch her in the remaining two races.
Shiffrin‘s World Cup success came a month after she failed to medal in all her six events at the Beijing Winter Games, the bad run there including crashing out in her pet event, the slalom, as well as in the giant slalom and alpine combined.
The 27-year-old returned to the top after three straight titles 2017-2019, missing the 2020 trophy when she ended the season in leading position after the death of her father, and coming fourth in 2021.
She missed some races with a coronavirus infection but clinched the title with the help of five season wins, including Wednesday’s downhill in Courchevel.
“There were many moments this season which were great but there were other moments where I was so far down as never before in my career,” Shiffrin told Austrian broadcasters ORF.
“I wanted to show good skiing again this week. Every knows I want to win this big globe. The finals were the last big goal of the season. This is very special.”
Vlhova confirmed that the overall World Cup had not been her main goal but rather the Olympics where she got gold in the slalom, in which she also won the discipline World Cup title.
“I am happy for her,” Vlhova said in the direction of Shiffrin. “I have a small globe and Olympic gold, and she the big globe – that is 50-50.”
Shiffrin almost made it six season wins on the day but was beaten by five-hundreths by Norway’s Mowinckel who got her first win in four years and second overall in 1 minute 13.68 seconds.
Swiss Michelle Gisin was third while compatriot world and Olympic super-g champ Lara Gut-Behrami did not finish after missing a gate.
Italian Federica Brignone, who had already clinched the discipline World Cup title, finished 19th from the 22 starters.
Shiffrin then watched her Norwegian partner lift the men’s super-g discipline globe which he had already secured before Thursday’s finale in which he came fourth.
Like in Wednesday’s downhill, Austrian world champion Vincent Kreichmayr won in 1:09:43 ahead of Swiss overall champ Marco Odermatt who trailed by .53. Another Swiss, Gino Caviezel, was third.
The World Cup finals continue in Friday with a team event.